John Karalis, a skilled international negotiator, enjoyed a 30-year career as a corporate lawyer and business executive. He is the author of International Joint Ventures: A Practical Guide (West Publishing, 1992). He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1963, where he was a senior editor of the Minnesota Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.
John Karalis practiced law in Minnesota until joining Honeywell, Inc. in 1970. As Associate General Counsel, John negotiated major acquisitions, joint ventures, and distribution arrangements on behalf of Honeywell within the computer industry in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. He led Honeywell’s negotiations with the French State in 1981-82 regarding the nationalization of the French computer industry and was named a Corporate Vice President in 1982.
In 1985, he joined Sperry Corporation in New York as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. While at Sperry he counseled its senior management and Board of Directors during its hostile takeover by Burroughs to form Unisys. Following the merger, John was named Vice President and Special Counsel of Unisys.
Shortly after Unisys was formed, John was offered a position with Apple Computer as Vice President and General Counsel. He served on Apple Computer’s management staff in Cupertino, CA, during a period of significant growth in the late eighties, while establishing a law department to serve Apple’s rapidly expanding operations worldwide.
John re-entered private practice in Phoenix, Arizona before joining Tektronix, Inc, a Portland, Oregon based global electronics company, in 1992. He served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Secretary and was a member of its management policy committee. His primary role included overall responsibility for acquisitions, alliances, and divestiture programs and he served as lead director of its long-standing Japanese joint venture, Sony/Tektronix. He also served as Chairman of Tektronix Foundation from 1993 to 1998.
John retired in 1998, but left retirement for several years to serve as counsel for Geoffrey H. Edmunds & Associates, a prominent residential real estate development company. John received a Distinguished Achievement Award from Arizona State University in 1985 and serves on the Advisory Board of the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor Law School, Center for Law, Science and Innovation. He currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife, Mary.